The Champions League Round of 16 fixtures resume on Tuesday, and one of the most intriguing matches will see Borussia Dortmund hosting Sevilla in the second-leg of their crucial tie.
When these squads first met, Dortmund won a thrilling offensive encounter by a 3-2 score-line. Netting three away goals is crucial in the Champions League, but Dortmund still needs to remain disciplined and not try to play it too safe against a pesky Spanish side from Seville.
For all of Sevilla’s prowess in attack, they were clearly torn apart by Dortmund’s attack and flair up front. Erling Haaland was dominant and Sevilla’s defense needs to come up with an answer to the black and yellow attack come Tuesday afternoon.
This match has taken on more importance for Sevilla given the fact they are bleeding goals at the moment and don’t enter in great form. They were eliminated to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey, and were defeated by lowly Elche over the weekend.
Dortmund are one of Europe’s great young sides, and despite their inconsistent tendencies – they’re very much capable of winning the entire tournament, or flaming out in spectacular fashion to Sevilla. If the second clash is anything like the first one, expect fireworks from the Westfalenstadion in the Round of 16. Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for further team news and analysis for Borussia Dortmund vs. Sevilla.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Sevilla Betting Odds:
Borussia Dortmund (+125)
Over 3 (-105)
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It was a dismal outing from Borussia Dortmund over the weekend, as their hopes of winning the Bundesliga quickly evaporated after being dismantled against Bayern Munich. Despite roaring out to an early 2-0 lead, the black and yellow defense wilted once again going up against Bayern’s fierce attack.
They will have a shot at quick redemption come Tuesday as they look to progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with a tie or win at home vs. the Spaniards. Erling Haaland should be in the starting lineup after suffering a minor injury over the weekend, though England star Jadon Sancho will likely be sidelined in the midfield.
Expect an attack-oriented 4-3-3 formation from Dortmund vs. Sevilla, as it really isn’t in their nature to sit back and nurse a narrow lead. Dortmund doesn’t defend particularly well, so expect a free-flowing game, perhaps close to the one we saw back in the first leg.
Sevilla meanwhile will need to open things up from the opening kickoff, as they do need to make-up the goal differential. Expect the Spanish side to follow suit with a 4-3-3 formation as well, one that allows for creativity and pace from talented wide players like Ivan Rakitic and Joao Jordan.
One striker to watch for Sevilla will likely be Luuk de Jong. The talented Dutch target will hold a huge physical advantage over Dortmund’s defense, and could prove to be problematic on set pieces and crosses. De Jong has proven to be quite prolific when operating in the air.
While Dortmund do have real defensive issues, and could wilt without the ball – expect Haaland and Co. to possess it for the vast majority of this match, consistently pushing the pace throughout. Sevilla has no answer for one of the game’s top strikers, and the passing and creativity of Dortmund’s midfield should break down a Sevilla side looking to take chances forward.
Expect another shootout in Germany on Tuesday, likely a match in which both teams find the back of the net. Ultimately the skill and quality littered throughout Dortmund’s lineup should win out – securing the German side with a relatively easy passage onto the quarter-finals. This young squad is one to watch going forward!